Reina Factor, PhD

Reina Factor, PhD

It is my pleasure to welcome our distinguished speaker, Dr. Reina Factor. Dr. Factor is currently a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with joint appointments in the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic (also known as the CAN Clinic) and Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (also known as the PEERS Clinic).

By way of background, Reina has been working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder for over 17 years. She completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University and after graduating worked as a research associate in the Kasari Lab at UCLA for two years, focusing on the JASPER intervention developed at UCLA by Dr. Connie Kasari. She then completed her master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech under the mentorship of Dr. Angela Scarpa before coming back to UCLA to complete a predoctoral clinical internship in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Dr. Factor’s research interests focus on social and emotional development in children with ASD, with a particular emphasis on the impact of peers, parents, and family members as mechanisms of change in evidence-based interventions. I currently have the pleasure of working with Dr. Factor in collaboration with Dr. Amanda Gulsrud on a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a college to career transition program for young adults with ASD, known as PEERS for Careers. She has also instrumental in helping to lead and create the telehealth PEERS for Preschoolers intervention she will presenting on today and also leads PEERS Educational groups with teens and young adults. Dr. Factor is truly exceptional in that she has expertise working with individuals with autism across the lifespan, from preschool to adulthood. Additionally, Dr. Factor also works with parents of young autistic children in the Baby Bears study and provides supervision on clinical intakes as well as intervention implementation.

Today we are very fortunate to learn more about her research “Adapting PEERS® for Preschoolers for Telehealth: Examining a Parent-Mediated Social Skills Intervention for Young Autistic Children.”